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Curriculum & Degree Requirements

Review the degree requirements and coursework to complete KU's professional master's degree in athletic training.

The master of science in athletic training prepares you for a career as an entry-level athletic trainer. The curriculum includes classroom, laboratory, scholarship and clinical education opportunities.

Normally, students will have completed these requirements within two years of admission to the program, but a maximum of seven years is allowed, per university policy.

Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 68 credit hours.
  • Successful completion of all required clinical experiences.
  • A cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.0 for all KU graduate coursework.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of one credit hour during the semester the student will graduate.
  • Successful completion of all program courses below.
  • Successful completion of the clinical reasoning capstone project.


View an example plan of study (PDF) for KU's master of science in athletic training.

  • ATTR 701 Foundations in Athletic Training (1)
  • ATTR 708 Applied Anatomy (1)*
  • ATTR 709 Advanced Topics in Human Anatomy (6)*
  • ATTR 713 Integrated Clinical Education I (2)
  • ATTR 714 Evaluation & Management I (4)
  • ATTR 716 Interventions I (2)
  • ATTR 718 Documentation & Health Informatics (1)*
  • ATTR 719 Applied Kinesiology & Biomechanics (4)*
  • ATTR 723 Integrated Clinical Education II (2)
  • ATTR 724 Evaluation & Management II (6)*
  • ATTR 725 Research Seminar (1)
  • ATTR 726 Interventions II (4)*
  • ATTR 727 Clinical Reasoning I (1)
  • ATTR 755 Pharmacology (2)*
  • ATTR 793 Integrated Clinical Education III (1)
  • ATTR 807 Clinical Reasoning II (1)
  • ATTR 812 Health Care Administration (2)*
  • ATTR 813 Clinical Experience I (2)
  • ATTR 814 Evaluation & Management III (2)
  • ATTR 816 Interventions III (3)
  • ATTR 818 Medical Imaging (1)*
  • ATTR 821 Athletic Training Seminar (1)
  • ATTR 822 Behavioral Health (2)
  • ATTR 824 Performance Enhancement (1)
  • ATTR 827 Clinical Reasoning III (1)
  • ATTR 837 Clinical Reasoning Capstone (1)
  • ATTR 843 Clinical Experience II (4)
  • ATTR 863 Integrated Clinical Education IV (1)
  • ATTR 883 Clinical Experience III (8)

* Course shared in whole or in part with the physical therapy degree program.

** These schedules are provided for reference only. For complete, current information about courses and requirements in our master of science in athletic training, please visit the Academic Catalog.


We are here to help if you have questions about the athletic training program. Contact our department:
913-588-6799 (711 TTY)

Additional Expenses

The following items are required for students but are not paid to KU and the costs are not determined by KU.

  • Non-refundable deposit: a $100 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in this program.
  • Background check report: this one-time fee is paid by the student directly to reporting agency after admission to the program. See details. In addition, a drug screening may be required for students in the program participating at clinical sites.
  • Health Requirements for Enrollment: this includes required vaccinations, blood tests and physical exams.
  • Computer Required: students in this program are required to have a computer (laptop preferred) that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements. Please note that many of the commonly used software is available free to students. (e.g. Microsoft Office 365)
  • Parking: surface lot parking ranges from $144-$486 per year depending on lot. (Parking P & P Section 7: Permit Fees)
  • Clinical Education Costs: additional costs specific to clinical education at affiliate sites include clothing (~$100/year), transportation (gas, parking, etc), food, and lodging.
  • Course Materials/Textbooks: the cost for hard copy and online textbooks or other resources is estimated to be $1,321.00 per year.
  • Living Expenses: students should consider expenses for room and board, transportation and other needs.

No extra expense for:

  • Professional Liability insurance
  • EXATT Access: web-based educational management program
  • lab supplies and equipment

Financial Assistance

The University of Kansas Medical Center, Office of Student Financial Aid has a comprehensive menu of available services. This includes information related to scholarships and grants.

A list of scholarships awarded through the School of Health Professions (SHP) for students currently enrolled in a SHP program are located on the SHP Scholarships webpage.

Apply for FAFSA

Financial aid is available for students who qualify. Students should not wait to be accepted into an academic program to begin the financial aid process. Even if the application deadline for the intended program is later in the year, students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) by the March 1 priority deadline.

Some financial aid grants and low-interest loans have limited funding. After the priority deadline, any remaining financial aid will be awarded as available.

Even if financial aid will not be requested, students are encouraged to file the FAFSA annually (same timeline as above). The School of Health Professions has scholarship funds available for students based on merit, financial need, or both. The FAFSA enables the school to consider all scholarship funds available. The FAFSA must be completed annually.

The total financial aid award package, including scholarships, loans, or need-based aid, cannot be finalized until the student's application materials and fee have been received and admission to KU has been completed.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Requirements

The University of Kansas Medical Center, including the University of Kansas School of Health Professions and this academic program, partners with multiple health systems and health care providers to provide clinical and programmatic experiences for its students. Many of our clinical partners are currently requiring all students to have received the COVID-19 vaccine before their on-site experiences and training may begin. As a result, unvaccinated students could be precluded from participating in these activities; this could impact their ability to complete all program requirements. Students with concerns should speak with the clinical coordinator or department chair.

KU School of Health Professions

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas Medical Center
Mail Stop 2002
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160